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No Teeth? No Problem!

Do you have difficulties, discomfort, or distress from missing teeth? Don’t worry – we’ve got all the information about tooth replacement options. Continue reading to discover the effectiveness of dental implants as a long-term tooth replacement solution!

First Off, What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium-based replacement teeth. An artificial crown is attached to a screw that is surgically placed into the jaw to provide stability. Because implants preserve the strength of the jaw, they are a promising approach for missing teeth. A few different treatment options are available, some more effective than others:

  • Flippers
  • Fixed Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Removable Partial Dentures

The great thing about implants is that they can last a lifetime if properly cared for. If anything needs replacing, it’s usually just the cap. Another advantage of implants is that they do not decay as natural teeth do. You must still clean and maintain them like your other teeth, but there are no longer any roots that could cause the tooth to fail. With proper maintenance, many implants might last a lifetime!


Flippers are a set of temporary plastic teeth that can be easily removed via retainer. Flippers are one of the most cost-effective tooth replacement options; however, they are not as durable as dental implants and should only be used as a temporary fix until your doctor can find a more permanent solution.

Fixed Bridges

Fixed bridges “bridge” the gaps left by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge consists of a pontic (fake) tooth and two abutment teeth (crowns) connecting the bridge to the teeth on each side of the gap. Both natural teeth and dental implants can attach abutment teeth; however, anchoring them to regular teeth can cause injury.


Dentures are a frequent treatment for losing all teeth in one or both jaws. They consist of a detachable frame that holds a complete set of teeth.

Removable Partial Dentures

Removable partial dentures are removable frames that, instead of a complete set, hold a partial set of teeth. Individuals missing some but not all of their teeth in one or both jaws may consider this option.

What Is The Process?

Your doctor can complete the procedure entirely at once or in stages; each treatment plan is dependent on specific situations. The first step is to extract the natural tooth’s root and replace it with an implant. If one doesn’t have enough bone to place the implant, a doctor may recommend bone grafting prior. After that, the gum is sewn shut and left to recover. This recovery could take anywhere from five to six months. The next step is to reopen the gums and attach an abutment to the implant and a temporary crown. This approach allows one to heal while permanent crowns are being produced. After that, one returns to receive your permanent crown affixed in a few weeks. In some situations, your doctor can complete all of these stages in a single visit; however, this depends on your particular situation.

Schedule a Consultation Today!

If you are in need of a full mouth restoration and want to improve your life, contact Rockwall Oral Surgery. Call (469)757-4433, and schedule a consultation appointment to see if dental implants are right for you!